The only claim you have is that you have a Saviour called Jesus.

That kind of sums up what Paul is trying to say in this letter to the Roman Gentiles and Jews.

Having dwelt on the Gentiles he turns his attention to the Jews and says:

If this is you …

The more you have and the more you know the more is expected of you.

Paul has stated how even those who only have a natural revelation of God (eg they know murder is wrong) will be judged according to what they know. He now turns his attention to the Jew.

Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and boast in God; 18 if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; 19 if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law, do you dishonour God by breaking the law? 24 As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” (Romans 2 v 17-24)

If this is you …

You have a name, you are a “Jew” you belong to God who chose you.

If this is you …

You have God’s revelation, “the Law of Moses” which accomplishes God’s purposes and the source of revelation for your prophets.

If this is you …

You have a relationship and so you boast about it telling others of who God is to you.

As a Jew if this is you …

V20 … dash … (waiting – for full impact)

If this is you … but you break the law yourself, therefore dishonour God yourself and therefore blaspheme His name yourself. Where does this leave you?

That is Paul’s point. Everyone needs the Saviour, even the Jew.

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